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Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail

November 10, 2022 February 19, 2023

This year, Pigeon Forge Winterfest will be bigger and brighter than ever! When the city-wide festival begins on Nov. 10 with the Winterfest Kickoff, visitors get the first glimpse of the all-new Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail. In all, more than one million LED lights will be added to the city’s Winterfest displays and programmed to music, with some standing more than 25 feet tall.

The 20 new displays will include walk-thru arches, a colorful 52-foot-long caterpillar, larger-than-life flowers, and Old Man Winter. Vibrant snowflakes, shooting stars, snow people, and a 20-foot-tall ice fountain will light the way as deer, bears, frogs, and squirrels—ranging in size from 13 to 19 feet tall—frolic alongside the path while lights that mimic fireflies and butterflies dance in the trees overhead. One mountain wildlife display features an enchanted forest with seven-foot-tall mushrooms amid a field of dandelions and brightly colored flowers. A second invites visitors to explore a nature scene that is home to various woodland creatures, including a 16-foot-tall turtle, a 13-foot-tall grasshopper, a 17-foot-tall dragonfly, and a 19-foot-tall firefly, and a 16-foot-tall frog, all surrounded by six-, seven- and eight-foot-tall wildflowers.

The Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail spans the Riverwalk from the access point in the city’s Municipal Parking Lot (located at 2936 Teaster Lane between the LeConte Center and The Island in Pigeon Forge) to the approximate intersection of Old Mill Avenue and Butler Street (near the Old Mill Historic Square). Visitors can access the light displays via the six-mile out-and-back Riverwalk which has several access points, including one at the city’s Patriot Park, the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, the Old Mill and the city’s Municipal Parking Lot, the latter of which also offers free parking for trail guests. The Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail is paved and mostly flat. It is pet- (leashes required) and wheelchair-friendly.